Local Politics
3:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pat Hogan to challenge Mayor Miner to Democratic primary

Common Councilor Pat Hogan to run against fellow democrat Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse
Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News



The rumors are true; Common Councilor Pat Hogan has announced that he will be running for mayor for the city of Syracuse. 

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12:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Sharon Jones Cancels Tour after Cancer Diagnosis

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Retro-R&B singer Sharon Jones (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) is taking a break from touring to focus on treatment and recovery.
NEW YORK - Soul singer Sharon Jones has cancer and has canceled plans for an album and tour in 2013. A Monday news release says Jones has stage-one bile duct cancer and needs immediate surgery. Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, had planned to release "Give the People What They Want" on Aug.
Music Festival
9:22 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Revised Jazz Fest Schedule Features Celebrated Vocalist

Giacomo Gates

A new schedule has been released for the 31st Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest and it features one of the more critically acclaimed voices in jazz today.  Thanks to a recent grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, chart-topping jazz singer Giacomo Gates is headed to Syracuse.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director Frank Malfitano describes Giacomo Gates as a "vocalese hipster in the style of Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson."  Gates performs Friday, July 5th at 5:00 PM.

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Historic preservation
10:58 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Neglected historic mansion coming back to life

Work is underway at the Babcock Shattuck House at East Genesee and Westcott Streets.
Credit Samuel Gruber, mycentralnewyork.blogspot.com

Developers hope one day it will serve as a welcoming gateway to the Westcott and University neighborhoods.  

Crews have been restoring the badly deteriorated front and rear porches of the former Jewish war veterans building, also known as the Babcock Shattuck house.  work is also being done on the windows.  David Michel with the University Neighborhood Preservation Association says the workers found more deterioration than they anticipated as they began working on the 118-year-old house…

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.

SCSD students turned authors
3:39 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Syracuse City Schools students are now published poets and authors.

Credit Syracuse City Schools

A new series of books has been published that showcases the work of elementary and middle school students from the Syracuse City School District


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The I-81 Challenge
6:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Congressmember Dan Maffei weighs in on I-81 debate

The I-81 viaduct near Adams Street
Credit The I-81 Challenge

The future of Interstate 81 remains uncertain after Congressmember Dan Maffei offered his thoughts on what options should be considered.  With traffic rumbling by on the highway nearby, Maffei says neither an identical highway nor “Erie Boulevard” type of road is a smart decision.  He says  Central New York deserves better...

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Lexington native Brenna Angel anchored local morning newscasts for WUKY through May 13. She joined the station in March 2010 after previously working for WHAS-AM in Louisville.

Her work has been honored by the Hearst Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Associated Press. Several of Brenna’s stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Brenna accepted a position with the Lexington Mayor's Office in May 2013.

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Since joining NPR in 2008, Benincasa has been reporting on NPR Investigations stories, analyzing data for investigations, and developing data visualizations and interactive applications for NPR.org. He has worked on numerous groundbreaking stories, including an exclusive on the independence level of nursing home residents, the safety of automated aircraft, and a government mandate to produce $1 coins that Americans don't want.

Prior to NPR, Benincasa served as the database editor for the Gannett News Service Washington Bureau for a decade. In 1995, he joined the Burlington VT Free Press as a staff writer.

Historic Tours & Exhibits
4:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

OHA Historic Bridge Exhibit part of statewide Path Through History events for next two weekends

Bascule West Genesee, 1916
OHA

The Onondaga Historical Association has a new exhibit aimed at teaching people about the history of bridges in Onondaga County.  The exhibit shows off various bridges throughout the county, but focuses primarily on the impact these bridges have had on the history of development within the region. 

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